CMPD looking for witnesses in officer involved shooting

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Wtiness vehicle: burgundy SUV

CMPD is requesting the public's assistance in identifying possible witnesses from the officer involved shooting Friday, October 16.

A home invasion suspect was arrested Friday after exchanging gunfire with a Charlotte Mecklenburg police officer.

The witnesses were driving a burgundy SUV, according to police.

Around 10:30a, the officer was driving along Wilkinson Boulevard between Interstate 77 and Remount Road when she stopped to assist a disabled motorists. The officer quickly recognized the vehicle as a car stolen during a home invasion last week, CMPD said.

As the officer approached the vehicle, the driver produced a handgun. The officer attempted to control the suspect by using a stun gun but was unsuccessful. The officer and suspect then exchanged gun fire, according to officials.

As the suspect fled on foot, he attempted to carjack several others vehicles but was unsuccessful. He fled into a nearby wooden area, where he was found within an hour.

No one was injured during the shooting. The suspect, whose name has not yet been released, was treated for minor injuries. A officer was transported to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte for treatment of a minor hand injury sustained during a fall.

"As is standard procedure with any officer involved shooting, the Internal Affairs Bureau will conduct a separate but parallel investigation to determine whether or not CMPD policies and procedures were adhered to during the course of the incident," the department said in a released statement. "Per department protocol, the officer will be placed on paid Administrative Leave which is standard procedure.  The officer’s identity will be released once appropriate family notification has been made of the incident."

Wilkinson Boulevard remained closed during the investigation. Traffic was rerouted onto West Moreland Street. Wilkinson Blvd reopened around 4:30p.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak directly to a Homicide Unit Detective.  The public can also call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.